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NBA Injury Analysis: Kobe's Forecast

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Kobe Bryant
Bryant returned to the lineup Sunday with much fanfare after missing the first 19 games of the season recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. The results were not spectacular as the former MVP finished with nine points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and eight turnovers in 28 minutes of action. However, watching the game there were several positive takeaways. On Los Angeles' first offensive position, Bryant threw a jump pass to teammate Robert Sacre for an assist. As he landed from the pass, Bryant's full weight came down on his surgically repaired left leg. He did not come up limping and looked comfortable running back up the court. As the game progressed, you could see fatigue coming into play as Bryant's legs (both of them) looked heavy. However, the majority of his struggles didn'tt seem to stem from his legs but instead trying too hard to fit in with his new teammates and basic timing issues that naturally occur with an eight month layoff. As he r

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